Turkey Beer Chili

Turkey Beer Chili

Turkey Beer Chili

It is football season so every food blog out there is doing their rendition of a chili recipe.   Every. Single. Blog.  Seriously... go look.  Anyways, like most red-blooded Americans, I LOVE some delicious chili and especially when it was made with the love of a beer.  The only way a beer could love.  

I would like to thank my mother for "ordering up" on this blog and suggesting this recipe.  Actually, my mom is my very first order on here.  Rightfully so!  That is what incredible moms do is show an active interest in their offspring even if its a project that may never go anywhere.  So *cheers* to all the moms out there.  Love you Mom!

Shiner Bock Beer paired with turkey chili made with Hatch chilies and a smidge of beer in the chili. --Mom

I like how my Texan mother specifically wanted Shiner beer and Hatch chilies.  Unfortunately, living in Florida makes it difficult to find Hatch chilies so I used some green chilies  that I thought were close to the real thing even though they were grown in Mexico and not Texas.  Sigh.  This is what I mean by first world problems--how do we manage?!



So back to cooking chili.

This was a pretty darn easy recipe.  If you can chop veggies and toss them into a pot with some ground meat, you are golden.  Plus, don't worry about following the recipe exactly--most cooks do not do that anyways.   Add and remove what you want to make your dish stellar to your taste buds.  If its beef tongue you desire, go for it.    Lizards from your backyard... I'm out; enjoy your chili.


Turkey Beer Chili


  • A few tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 medium-large onion, chopped up
  • 5 cloves of minced garlic
  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoons hot paprika
  • ½ teaspoons dried coriander
  • ¼ teaspoons oregano
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1 cup dark beer, I used Shiner Bock
  • 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 15½-ounce can chili beans, drained
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sour cream, cilantro, and shredded cheddar cheese for toppings



  1. Heat a pot over medium heat and add the olive oil.  Once the pot is hot, add the chopped onion, red pepper, and garlic and let cook until softened.  
  2. Add the spices next including the chili powder, hot paprika, coriander, and oregano and stir for about a minute.
  3. Add the ground turkey and break up with your spoon.  Let the turkey cook until lightly browned.
  4. ADD THE BEER!!  Important part so it needed the attention.  Let the juices cook down slightly.
  5. Toss in the rest of the ingredients including the diced tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, hot sauce (optional) and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Simmer down uncovered.  Let the dish thicken up which will take about 20 minutes.
  7. Top with your goodies.    I like to use TONS of sour cream, chopped cilantro, and a handful of shredded cheddar.  DELISH.

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